Gas Station Proposal Hits Lower Broadway Industrial Area

By Seth Daniel

After withdrawing a controversial housing proposal for the industrial section of Bow Street, Lower Broadway property owner George Varoudakis Jr. will return to the Planning Board next month with a new proposal for a gas station and convenience store.

Situating itself on the heavily traveled corner of Beacham and Robin streets – but officially with an address of 99 Bow St. – the gas station proposal (officially by DAG Realty Trust) will have six canopied gas-pumps and a two-story convenience store.

The gas station will offer unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel, but due to the tight quarters of the station, semi-trucks likely will not be serviced. The fuel will be stored in two, 20,000 gallon fiberglass tanks with the latest spill/leak detection technology.

The overall site is 83,883 sq. ft. and the station will take up 25,257 sq. ft. of that overall site.

There will be 17 parking spots on site, and only 15 are required.

The plan will require a variance for the convenience store and a Site Plan Review for the rest of the project.

The plan is required to have significant drainage improvements, including an oil/grit separator system that will treat any runoff before it discharges into the City’s drainage systems.

Proponents said this was a major improvement since the site is currently only an asphalt parking lot with no drainage system.

The plan also calls for landscaping on the corner of the lot facing the street, another improvement touted by the developer.

The gas station would fill a void in the area that exists now that the former gas station on Broadway has been shut down to accommodate the Wynn Boston Harbor project. That station had existed for generations, but closed down earlier this year when Wynn purchased it to make way for their grand entrance.

The plan will have a first airing at the Planning Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 13.

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